09 Jun 2015
Having heard the presentations of Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China)* this morning, IOC Members and Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Federations this afternoon had an open and interactive session with the IOC Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2022.
The representatives are in Lausanne to attend the 2022 Candidate Cities Briefing, taking place today and tomorrow in the Olympic Capital. For the first time in the bidding process and as part of the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the Evaluation Commission took questions from the leading Olympic stakeholders following the presentations by the two cities.
IOC Members and representatives of the International Federations used the opportunity to engage in a very productive dialogue with the Evaluation Commission, with a range of questions posed by participants.
The Commission visited both Candidate Cities earlier this year and last week released its report. During the meeting, IOC Members praised the quality of the report, which clearly highlighted the opportunities and challenges associated with hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 in both Candidate Cities.
Commenting on the afternoon session, IOC President Thomas Bach said: "We experienced another innovation this afternoon by hosting a meeting between IOC Members, representatives of the Winter IFs and the 2022 Evaluation Commission."
"We had excellent talks and good exchanges, with over 20 questions from the floor. This shows that we are on the right track in improving the bidding process, which is already open and transparent. Today we gave a new dimension to the dialogue between IOC Members and Candidate Cities. It is a successful day for Candidate Cities, Olympic Agenda 2020 and the IOC," he concluded.
The host city for the Olympic Winter Games 2022 will be elected at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur following a final presentation by the cities to the full IOC Membership on 31 July.
* Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots